Victory-YES

Victory-YES

Wow!  Another big win for the Phils with Micheal Tucker stepping up in the top of the ninth with the go ahead RBI while pinch hitting for Todd Pratt.  Shane Victorino came up next and hit his first major league home run and it couldn't have come at a better time.  You have to love the bottom of the bench really stepping it up late in September.  The Phils take this key series in Atlanta by beating them today 4-0.

I know its cliche but this was a must win for the Phils with Houston topping Pittsburgh today.  Props to Jimmy Rollins setting the Phillies modern (post 1900) hitting streak by reaching 27 straight games.  Jon Lieber pitched a great game today by going 8 strong and shutting down the Bravos.  Billy Wags was all business in the 9th to combine for the shutout.

Bobby Abreu seemed to come up gimpy after sliding into home as the go ahead run.  Let's hope he is okay.  Also worth noting was the questionable decision by Bobby Cox to allow Hudson to bat in the 8th with a man on third.  The seemingly infallible Cox seemed to make a big mistake there.

Houston has three straight day games in Chicago so plenty of score board watching in the next few days.  Let's go Cubbies!

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.